Hi this is Pete Blum bringing you another episode of the Veteran Connections Podcast where my mission is to help transitioning Veterans and Veterans already out of the military engage with the business community, and to share the knowledge and tools needed to successfully start a business. The Veteran Connections Podcast brings you experience and advice from fellow Veterans who are business owners and have made the transition from the military and into the business community.
There are Veterans transitioning out of the military every day. Some of them have an idea or a passion that they want to turn into a business. Having the right connections can be the one thing that makes the difference between a success or a failure. In this Veteran Connections Podcast I will be talking to Veteran business owners about what steps they are taking, the hurdles they have ran into, what advice they have for you, and what they hope life will look like a few years from now. With these real life interviews and real life results you can gain the expert knowledge from those that have been there. From your military brothers and sisters.
I heard about today’s guest and her business from the director of Operation Startup Tampa Bay and let me tell you today is going to be one sweet episode! She is an Army Veteran who served for 21 years. She is the Co-Founder & CEO of Baker, Bakery Boutique. I would like to welcome Lisa Mazza.
You can follow Lisa here
11127 North Dale Mabry
Carrollwood, FL 33618
First of all I have to tell you that I love the Marine Corps cake I saw on your website. It’s awesome and I am putting a picture of it in the podcast show notes! I have to tell you though I think my son would like the fidget spinner cake the best. Does it really spin?
So tell me a little bit about what you did in the military.
Transition from the military (easy or hard)
What was it that caused you to start your business?
Tell us about your company’s mission
What were the steps you took to get your business up and running?
Do you feel like your military experience and training helped prepare you to be a Veteran business owner?
What were some of the challenges you faced getting your business started?
What is the key to the success of your business?
Would you say it was your military experience or other things you learned that have been more helpful in making you successful in your business?
Are you going to use your business in some way to either help or hire other Veterans?
What is the one most important thing you have learned since starting your business that you can share with future Veteran business owners?
For transitioning Veterans wanting to start their own business what action items list would you give them?
In this episode with Lisa we heard some great advice you can take advantage of on your own vetrepreneur journey!
- Having the right partner is a great way to balance the needs of a business in areas where you might not be an expert
- There is a lot of red tape when getting permits for a product based business like a bakery so do your research and know what you need.
- Be very careful with your money and have some reserves for when something breaks.
- Be flexible and willing to pivot so you meet the needs of your customer and continue to be successful
- As you plan define the building blocks of your business like what, why, and how, managing, staffing, and other requirements
- Life is sweet so don’t be afraid to take a bite
The Veteran Connections Podcast provides advice from Veterans for Veterans. A lot of people like you and me that have been through the military have the same thoughts and a lot of the same questions. We may have even had the exact same struggle. I hope you find some answers as you go on this Veteran Connections journey with me where we will learn, explore, and get answers to your questions.
Another great resource for Veterans wanting to start their own business is the Small Business Administration (SBA)
If you need more information or want assistance implementing one of the things you learned about today you can contact me. I can teach you techniques and strategies to help you connect and network in the business community so you can reach your personal or professional goals. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know how I can help you!
I hope that you have enjoyed this podcast episode and if you have a burning question that you would like to get answered by an experienced Veteran business owner about starting your own business go ahead and email me. I will be sure to answer it in a future episode!
Thank you for listening! -Pete